Winkler County News Editor Arrested for Child Pornography

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NewsWest 9

KERMIT - The sealed search warrant that started this whole investigation on Tuesday has been opened and some disturbing information has been released to the media, and it could be just the tip of the ice berg.  

As NewsWest 9 reported on Tuesday, the FBI and the Kermit Police Department served a search warrant at the Winkler County News offices where Rick McLaughlin works as the editor of that paper.

They also served a warrant at his home on east Midland in Kermit.  

Investigators removed video tapes, pictures, and other forms of digital media from McLaughlin's bedroom.

And once they began going through that evidence, investigators say they found four digital video files on a CD-R with video of pre-teen and teenage boys performing sexual acts.  

The investigators took that information to a federal judge who authorized agents to go ahead and arrest McLaughlin on Thursday afternoon.

He has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography.  

He's now in federal custody in Midland County and will make his first appearance in a federal courtroom on Friday morning at nine.

The U.S. Attorney's Office tells NewsWest 9, this is a detainment hearing, and they're going to recommend that McLaughlin be held without bond.  

This is still an ongoing investigation as authorities still have a lot more evidence to sort through.
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